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Alternate Pathway

The Alternate Pathway is offered periodically, at the Board’s discretion, as a pathway to Certification for those who may not meet the formal educational requirements (residency), but who have at least 15 years of continuous full-time experience in the practice of dental public health following completion of the specialty advanced graduate education preparation.  The current Alternate Pathway opportunity will expire following the 2024 application cycle.

Continuous full-time experience in the practice of dental public health must have occurred after advanced graduate educational preparation. Dental public health practice concurrent with the advanced graduate educational preparation will not be considered.

Applications for the Alternate Pathway are due by September 1 of the year prior to the year the candidate wishes to challenge the Qualifying Examination.  If a candidate is deemed Board Eligible, they will then be eligible to apply for the Qualifying Examination.

Click HERE to complete your application.

Prior to completing the application for the Alternate Pathway, please have the following documents ready for upload:

  • A current headshot photo
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of Graduation from a School of Dentistry
  • Evidence of Masters of Public Health Degree (MPH) or Equivalent
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, written on your behalf by current ABPDH Diplomates
  • A completed self-assessment of Public Health Competencies
For a Printable Version of this checklist, click here.

The fee to apply for the Alternate Pathway is $350.  This fee will be collected when your application is submitted.  If you prefer to pay via check rather than by credit card, please contact the Executive Director at  Additional details about the Alternate Pathway and ABDPH Board Certification is available in the Candidate’s Guide.

Dental Public Health (DPH) is one of the dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). The American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH) is the certifying board for dental public health specialists.

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